Ron Davis with beloved horseman Harry DeLeyer at the 23rd Annual Hamptons International Film Festival. Photo courtesy  Zimbio

Ron Davis with beloved horseman Harry DeLeyer at the 23rd Annual Hamptons International Film Festival.
Photo courtesy Zimbio

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Aired July 5, 2019

Ron Davis’ story is straight out of Hollywood. Although, in his case, it’s actually Wellington.

See… when Ron Davis decided to become a documentary filmmaker at age 38, he didn’t know anything about making movies. But he believed in his own instincts and he learned fast.

In the years since, Ron has created his film company (Docutainment Films), developed a documentary for HBO, and has seen his work appear on The Sundance Channel.

Ron is particularly well-known for his film “Harry and Snowman” -- the documentary about an immigrant equestrian who paid $80 for a plow horse and turned him into a world-famous show jumper. The film was a critical and box office hit, and one of 2016’s top theatrical grossing documentaries.

But the Ron Davis story begins with an ending, of sorts — when he dropped out of horse showing in his twenties to move to New York City and work in publishing, eventually managing global sales and licensing for the publishing houses Simon & Schuster and Sterling Publishing. 

And then someone showed him a video that celebrated a friend’s life. On a lark, he decided to make a similar video for an equestrian friend. 

Ron couldn’t know it in the moment, of course, but his life would forever be changed.